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Pharmacy Technology


Help registered pharmacists prepare medications. There’s a growing demand for pharmacy techs as our population ages and new drugs go on the market every day.

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What is Pharmacy Technology?

The Pharmacy Technology program is a one or two-semester program ending with either an Entry Level Certificate in Pharmacy Technology or an Advanced Level Diploma in Pharmacy Technology. We are an ASHP accredited pharmacy technician training program. Its purpose is to prepare the student for a successful career as a pharmacy technician by:

  1. Providing didactic and laboratory experience to allow the student entry into the job market at a higher level of competency than on-the-job training can provide.
  2. Offering real experience during the externship process.
  3. Preparing students for the Pharmacy Technology Certification Board.
  4. Stressing the significance of comprehension, communication and skill based competency.

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Entry Level Pharmacy Technology Certificate is an Entry Level Pharmacy Technology certificate and requires the least amount of credit hours course work (21 to 24) with clinical rotation in outpatient pharmacy. This credential meets the ASHP Pharmacy Technician training requirements for Entry Level Pharmacy Technician. Students graduate with Entry Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate will be qualified to work at any retail/outpatient pharmacy settings, such as CVS Pharmacy, Walgreen Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy, Kroger Pharmacy, Kentucky Clinic, and Lexington Clinic. Salary is depended on your employer and your education background, personal experience and other factors.

Advanced Level Pharmacy Technology Diploma required 37 to 40 credit hours to complete. Students will have all knowledge and training provided in Entry Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate plus the advanced pharmacy practice courses. This credential meets the ASHP Pharmacy Technician training requirements for Advanced Level Pharmacy Technician. Salary is depended on your employer and your education background, personal experience and other factors.


Pharmacy Technology program or Pharmacy Technician program is the technical program for students who are interested in the career of Pharmacy Technician. College of Pharmacy is the professional programs for pharmacist.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians work closely together. Both have the job of pouring medications, mixing medications, and weighing the medication for accuracy. They both deal with insurance companies, physicians, and customers. However, they each have distinct roles and different education requirements. Below are the main differences between these two pharmaceutical industry professionals.


Pharmacy Technicians - Education requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, with very few states not requiring any formal training beyond high school while most other states require formal training and achieving a certification upon graduation.

There is no standardized national education requirement, however, pharmacy technicians have to pass the PTCE - a standardized test administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). This certification is recognized in all fifty states.

Pharmacists - Pharmacists are required to hold a doctorate degree in pharmacology. The PharmD degree (or doctor of pharmacy) is a six-year degree. Following this education, a one-year internship under a licensed pharmacist must be completed. Finally, the NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination) test must be passed and the individual must register with the Board of Pharmacy in their state.


Pharmacy Technicians - Pharmacy technicians work closely with pharmacists. The pharmacy technician may accept a prescription from the patient, but they are not allowed to dispense a medication without having it reviewed and approved by a pharmacist. When the medication is packed and labeled, the pharmacist must review it for accuracy before it is delivered to the patient.

Pharmacy technicians also assist the pharmacist by performing administrative tasks such as running the cash register, filing paperwork, processing insurance claims, and tracking inventory. They do not give medical advice to patients.

Pharmacists - The pharmacist is responsible for everything that happens in the pharmacy. They are in charge of the pharmacy technicians and create medications from the ingredients specified. They are required to double-check each prescription before it is sold to the patient. They must ensure that each prescription sold in their pharmacy is legal and valid, making sure that all regulations are strictly adhered to.

Pharmacists spend a good portion of their day giving medical advice to patients. In some states, pharmacists are allowed to write prescriptions for commonly prescribed non-regulated medications, such as antibiotics or mild pain relievers.

How to Apply

All students must agree to submit and pass background check and drug screening to be considered for enrollment. Students must also meet immunization requirements to prior to internship (PHA 150 and PHA 251). Financial aid and scholarships are available for eligible students.

In order to be considered by the Admissions Committee, each applicant must submit the following items before the published deadline (obtained from program coordinator):

  1. BCTC application;
  2. Official high school transcripts, a passing GED® official score report or evidence the student has completed a home school curriculum, subject both to the ability to benefit criteria for KCTCS financial aid purposes and to the KCTCS Assessment and Placement Policy;
  3. Official transcripts of all postsecondary education;
  4. ACT (or SAT) and/or, ASSET or COMPASS test results;
  5. Documentation of attendance at a Pharmacy Technology Admission Conference or an interview with the program coordinator or designee; and
  6. Current BCTC students apply here: complete a selective admissions form.

Selection of students for the Pharmacy Technology program will be made by the President of the College or the President's designee, after considering the recommendations of an Admissions Committee. Once you are selected for admission by BCTC, you will be notified by email to reserve your seat. Official acceptance package will be mailed to you at the address that is listed on your student account.

Still have questions? Email our Program Coordinator Laura Espinola at or setup a meeting with the Program Coordinator for a pre-admission conference or to get more information about the program.

Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship

Visit the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship website for more information on applying for Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship program.

How to Schedule a Pre-Admissions Conference?

Currently, all preadmission conferences are being held virtually. Please email Pharmacy Technology Program Coordinator, Laura Espinola.

Dates for virtual preadmission conferences for Spring 2022 will be announced in the Fall.

Prior to enrolling in PHA 150 or PHA 251, Pharmacy Experience (clinical), students are required to provide documentation of required immunizations, pass a criminal background check and complete the required drug screening.

Field Licensure Requirements

In addition to completing the program, students must pass a national certification exam to become certified as a pharmacy technician. Sta.0te licensure and testing may also be required by some states. Visit your state Board of Pharmacy site for individual state requirements. CPR certification at healthcare provider level, proof of immunizations, background checks, and drug screens are required after a student is admitted and prior to starting the first semester of the program.

What are my career choices?

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Manager
  • Pharmacist

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

The catalog describes the course requirements for completing the credential. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

Length of Program

Please check the KCTCS Catalog for more information. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Laura Espinola, PharmD

Coordinator, Pharmacy Technology Program

(859) 246-6330
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